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Dating back to 1742, Faneuil Hall has served as a storied meeting hall and a prime location for innovative leaders to gather, share ideas, and even take bold action. It is said that Samuel Adams and others gathered here in key meetings ahead of the Boston’s role in the fight for American independence.

This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Office chose this historic hall to recognize bold action and innovation of a different kind. It recognized Massachusetts state government’s Leading by Example (LBE) program during a 2015 Earth Day event at Faneuil Hall, awarding LBE a 2015 Environmental Merit Award in the governmental category. Ten other Massachusetts residents and organizations received recognition from the EPA.

EPA New England Deputy Regional Administrator, Deb Szaro, DOER Leading by Example Program Sustainability Project Coordinator, Trey Gowdy, DOER Green Communities Division Acting Director, Lisa Capone, and EPA New England Regional Administrator, Curt Spalding at the 2015 EPA New England Environmental Awards ceremony

EPA New England Deputy Regional Administrator, Deb Szaro, DOER Leading by Example Program Sustainability Project Coordinator, Trey Gowdy, DOER Green Communities Division Acting Director, Lisa Capone, and EPA New England Regional Administrator, Curt Spalding at the 2015 EPA New England Environmental Awards ceremony

“We were honored to receive this recognition from the EPA. There is no more fitting venue to have received this award than storied Faneuil Hall, a place where our forefathers dreamed of a better future for all Americans” said Eric Friedman, Leading by Example Director.

The program was recognized for a host of innovative and comprehensive clean energy programs for state facilities that include construction of a new zero net energy building in Westborough, use of real-time energy data to drive operational efficiencies, and implementation of a comprehensive energy project across 32 buildings at UMass Lowell.

EPA Environmental Merit Awards Ceremony (3)

EPA Environmental Merit Awards Ceremony at Faneuil Hall, Boston

Through these and many other initiatives, state government is demonstrating clear leadership in implementing innovative strategies that result in energy and cost savings, emission reductions, and improved building environments for workers and visitors alike.

Working collaboratively across all executive agencies and all 29 public colleges and universities in Massachusetts, LBE efforts have resulted in significant progress.

Highlights include:

• An increase in installed solar PV from just over 100 kW to more than 8 MW in 2015
• A 72% reduction in heating oil consumption from 2004-2013, eliminating more than 16.7 million gallons
• A 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2004-2012, the equivalent of removing over 66,000 cars from the road

In recent years, these efforts have avoided tens of millions of dollars in energy costs and delivered progress towards state clean energy and environmental goals. DOER’s Massachusetts Energy Dashboard and the LBE’s new Progress webpage provide further details on state government’s clean energy progress.

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Sustainability Project Coordinator

Trey Gowdy coordinates efficiency and sustainability projects with the Leading By Example Program (LBE) in DOER. LBE meets the ambitious clean energy goals for state government in Executive Order 484. Trey is especially interested in using innovative technologies and outreach strategies to reduce the environmental impact of operations in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining DOER, he worked as the Campus Sustainability Associate at Florida State University. Outside of the office, Trey enjoys running in Boston and traveling to new places.

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